Due to the overwhelming success, of the Healthy Weight Community Champion 2017 Recognition, the Department is now expanding this program into the new Healthy Community Champion Recognition Program. As with the previous recognition, the Department will recognize municipal and county level governments statewide for taking a Health in All Policies approach to comprehensive planning and allow them to share their progress and lessons learned. Health in All Policies as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health considerations into policymaking across sectors to improve the health of all communities and people. The Healthy Community Champion Recognition will now be a two-year designation with opportunities to receive technical assistance to further the adoption and implementation of health in all policies.
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Healthy Weight Community Champion Criteria
Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. These “best practice” policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion criteria.
To learn more about the application criteria and to access resources to help you achieve the criteria, download a copy of the Healthy Weight Community Champion Guidance and Resources. Note: In previous years a proclamation/resolution to be signed by the mayor or the county commission was required. This is now an optional part of the Leadership and Innovation submission criteria.
Florida’s municipalities (cities, towns and villages) and counties are eligible. Submissions must be made by a municipal or county official or designee. Unincorporated areas may submit under the sponsorship of the county in which they are located.
About Community Champions Recognition
Obesity rates in the U.S. have increased dramatically over the last 30 years, and obesity is now an epidemic in the United States. In Florida, only 36% of adults are at a healthy weight. The increasing prevalence of obesity is most concerning when viewed in the context of its impact on overall health. Obesity increases the risk of many serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. For this reason, the Florida Department of Health is working to address obesity through the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative.
Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Obesity and associated chronic diseases have a considerable economic impact on individuals and communities and some people are more seriously affected by factors such as the availability and accessibility of healthy food and the safety, accessibility and existence of spaces for physical activity.
The Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition highlights communities for their important efforts. As a Healthy Weight Community Champion, local governments are able to share their progress and lessons learned and receive public recognition for implementing best practices. State partners include the Florida Department of Transportation, Department of Economic Opportunity, the Department of Environmental Protection and others.
In 2017, the Florida Department of Health recognized 98 communities as Healthiest Weight Community Champions, an increase from 80 communities recognized in 2016, 65 communities recognized in 2015, and 38 communities recognized in 2014.
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